The Passage (band)

The Passage (band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = The Passage


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Origin = United Kingdom
Genre = Post-punk
Years_active = 1978-1983
Label = Cherry Red Records Night & Day
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The Passage were a post-punk band from Manchester, UK who appeared on several record labels including Cherry Red Records, and their own label Night & Day, a subsidiary label to Virgin Records.

Biography

The band was formed as a quartet by songwriter and former Hallé Orchestra percussionist Dick Witts in 1978, but later became a trio. Witts produced the band's recordings and sang on most of their releases, the occasional lead vocal being taken by Tony Friel or Andy Wilson. Although they never truly broke into the mainstream, their most successful song was 'XOYO' which came 41st in John Peel's Festive Fifty for 1982, which was the top 50 songs of the year as voted by the listeners. The song was an experiment to see whether John Cage's method of aleatoric composition could be successfully applied to popular music composition. The band broke up in 1983.

Dick Witts is now a lecturer at Goldsmiths College, part of the University of London. Andy Wilson is a club and radio DJ based mainly in Ibiza. Joe Mckechnie is a producer/remixer/DJ based in Liverpool. He has released records on Acacia (Detroit) Ochre (UK), Blood (UK) and Aspro (Holland) amongst others. Recent remixes include Ladytron/ROC and Echo & The Bunnymen.

In 2003, the entire Passage back catalogue was reissued and remastered across 5 CDs by the LTM label.

Band Members

* Dick Witts (lead vocals, keyboards, drums, cello, tympani, percussion) (1978-1983)
* Tony Friel (bass, guitar) (1978-1980)
* Lorraine Hilton (keyboards) (1978-1980)
* Martine Hilton (bass) (1978-1980)
* Joe Mckechnie (drums) (1980-1981, 1983)
* Lizzy Johnson (vocals) (1980-1981)
* Andy Wilson (guitar, vocals) (1980-1983)
* Paul Mahoney (drums) (1982)

Discography

Albums

*Pindrop - Object Music (Nov 1980)
*For All and None - Night & Day (Jul 1981)
*Degenerates - Cherry Red (Jun 1982)
*Enflame - Cherry Red (Mar 1983)

Singles and EPs

*New Love Songs - Object Music (Dec 1978)
*About Time - Object Music (Oct 1979)
*Devils and Angels - Night & Day (Feb 1981)
*Troops Out - Night & Day (May 1981)
*Taboos - Cherry Red (Nov 1981)
*XOYO - Cherry Red (May 1982)
*Wave - Cherry Red (Oct 1982)
*Sharp Tongue - Cherry Red (Mar 1983)

Compilations

*Through the Passage - Cherry Red (Nov 1983)
*Seedy - Cherry Red (Re-issue 1997)
*BBC Sessions (Re-issue Mar 2003)

External links

* [http://www.thepassage.co.uk A Tribute to The Passage]
* [http://www.ltmpub.freeserve.co.uk/passbio.html LTM biography by James Nice]
* [http://www.atomicsoup.co.uk Tony Friel's Website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/thepassageuk The Passage's MySpace]
* [http://www.myspace.com/buffaloclubbed Joe Mckechnie's MySpace]


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